WASHINGTON — The sting of losing, punctuated by some harsh words from the coach, overshadowed everything at Michael Jordan's final home game.
Jordan received a U.S. flag from Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and had some computers donated to public schools in his name, but Coach Doug Collins ripped Jordan's Washington Wizard teammates following Monday's 93-79 loss to the New York Knicks.
"I've had guys curse at me in the locker room this year, show no respect," Collins said. "It was insidious."
Collins paid tribute to Jordan for stepping in when other players showed disrespect.
"It won't happen next year. Trust me. I treat people with dignity. I expect the same thing in return," Collins said.
Jordan, who blasted his teammates' work ethic several times this season, supported Collins. He will get a chance to do something about it if he returns to the Wizards' front office after the season.